The Joplin has tall wheels, short travel, and its crosshairs aimed squarely at the pedal-for-fun XC crowd. You can ride it all day, go race it, do intervals in the evening, or just get a hot lap in during your lunch break. With a lower-link VPP suspension, moderate geometry, and an over-the-top attitude, this little bike packs every design element possible into 120mm of 29-inch wheeled fun. The Joplin AL D gets you out on the trail for some serious fun without the headache of a bike mortgage. Don’t be fooled by the entry-level build, a bike is the sum of its parts, and the same amount of time was spent speccing the Joplin AL D as the CC Reserve. Maxxis tires, a 12-speed drivetrain, 180mm brake rotors, and air suspension front and rear create a ride that’s adjustable, affordable, and most of all, fun.